Adam Helewka
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Adam Helewka

Hometown:

Burnaby British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-07-21

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

4th Round (106th Overall), 2015

Weight:

190 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Adam Helewka appeared in one game with the Notre Dame Argos midget AAA team as a 15-year-old, with no points or penalties, and played for the Argos South Saskatchewan minor hockey league squad. He scored 37 goals with 29 assists in 49 games.

2011-12: Helewka returned home to skate for the Vancouver NW Giants midget team in the British Columbia Midget Major League. He scored 24 goals with 29 assists and 74 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games and had 5 goals with 4 assists in five games during the BCMML playoffs.

2012-13: Helewka attended the Spokane Chiefs’ tryout camp as a free agent and skated in 60 of 72 regular season games for the WHL club. He scored 10 goals with 17 assists and was +5 with 12 penalty minutes. The Chiefs finished second in the U.S. Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Helewka scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in nine playoff games.

2013-14: Helewka was Spokane’s third-leading goal scorer, scoring 23 goals in 62 games, in his second season with the Chiefs. He had 27 assists and was an even plus/minus with 32 penalty minutes as Spokane finished fourth in the U.S. Division. The Chiefs were swept by Victoria in a first round series. Helewka was -5 and had no points with 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games. In his second year of draft eligibility, he was ranked 72nd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings but was not selected in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Helewka was an assistant captain and the leading scorer for the Spokane Chiefs in his third season with the club. Finishing tied for eighth in the WHL with 87 points along with Moose Jaw’s Brayden Point, he scored 44 goals with 43 assists and was +10 with 59 penalty minutes in 69 regular season games. Spokane finished fourth in the U.S. Division, falling to Everett in a first-round playoff series. Helewka scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was -4 with 12 penalty minutes in six playoff games. Not among the 210 North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings in his third year of draft eligibility, he was selected by San Jose in the fourth round (106th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

 

 

Talent Analysis

Helewka is an offensively skilled forward with incredible hockey sense. He plays a fairly mistake-free game, and has added size and strength since the beginning of his junior career. He is willing to do many of the less glamorous jobs to help his team.

Future

Helewka skated with the Sharks' rookie team in the two game series with Anaheim and will attend San Jose's training camp. He has yet to sign an entry-level NHL contract and is expected to return to Spokane for an overage season as a 20-year-old in 2015-16. Long-term Helewka has some scoring ability and his all-around play suggests he can be a valuable second or third line forward at the NHL level.

Off the Radar: Five overlooked prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft

by Chris Roberts
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Adam Helewka - Spokane Chiefs

Photo: Spokane Chiefs forward Adam Helewka nearly doubled his point total of 2012-13, picking up 50 points during the 2013-14 campaign (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The 2014 NHL Draft is still two months away, but it is never too early to take a look at some of the prospects eligible for this year's draft that have been passed over in previous drafts. This edition of "Off the Radar" looks at five prospects that could finally have their names called over the course of the two-day draft taking place in Philadelphia, PA in late June.

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